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Mastering Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 [Paperback]

Mark Gerhard , Jeffrey Harper

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Aug. 16 2010 Mastering
Autodesk’s official guide to architectural visualization using 3ds Max Design

Exclusively endorsed by Autodesk, this comprehensive tutorial and reference thoroughly covers 3ds Max Design, the 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software used for architectural visualizations. It also includes essential material for students preparing for the new Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams. Examples come from projects that architects, designers, and planners actually encounter each day, while the workflows and instructions have been tested in real-world applications.

  • The official guide endorsed by Autodesk, with comprehensive information on using 3ds Max Design 2011 as well as achieving certification
  • Features step-by-step instructions and real-world projects that readers will actually encounter
  • Covers using the 3ds Max interface, working with Revit and AutoCAD files, using the data and scene management tools, modeling, simulating lighting effects, analyzing sustainable design features, setting up animated walkthroughs, and much more
  • Explains how to render real-world surfaces with architectural material and how to choose the renderer that creates the desired effect

Mastering Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 covers every facet of this powerful program.

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Turn Your Ideas into High-Impact Architectural Visualizations

This Autodesk Official Training Guide helps you master the essentials of 3D modeling, texturing, animation, and rendering with 3ds Max Design—it has everything you need to create compelling visualizations of your projects with exciting CG filmmaking techniques. The book provides pages of real-world architectural examples that show you how to apply 3D concepts to your own work with striking results.

Whether you're just starting, upgrading, or preparing for the Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 Certified Associate or Certified Professional exams, this book offers the complete instruction you need to master this indispensable design tool.

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding the 3ds Max Design 2011 tools, menus, and interface

  • Editing meshes and creating complex shapes with surface modeling tools

  • Assembling high-impact scenes using the right design data and tools

  • Using the Lighting Analysis feature to analyze sustainable design features

  • Accessing the Autodesk Materials Library for just the right floor, wall, or finish

  • Applying the camera effectively during animated walk-throughs

  • Using mental ray® to achieve the most realistic rendering

  • Adding cinematic atmosphere and compositing your final designs

Seamlessly Link Data from the Revit Family of Products into 3ds Max Design 2011

Apply Concepts from Game Design to Transform Your Sketches

Work Faster Using the Polygon Modeling and Texturing Toolset

Produce Stunning, Detailed, Photorealistic Presentations for Clients

Prepare for the 3ds Max Design 2011 Certified Associate and Certified Professional Exams

About the Author

Mark Gerhard is a 3ds Max Design guru and educator. He was one of the first artists hired by Autodesk to test the first version of this software in 1990, and he wrote many of the tutorials that ship with 3ds Max. He continues to train 3ds Max users. Jeffrey M. Harper uses 3ds Max Design to create architectural and civil engineering visualizations, models, stills, and animations used in computer-based training programs and visual effects.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Architectural Visualisation Book... June 30 2011
By Kathryn L. Tate - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book specifically for architectural visualization training--and that is exactly what the authors are giving.

The book is thorough, well thought out and extremely detailed--enough so that even a novice like me can follow along without any problems. I recommend this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3ds Max April 29 2011
By Mac - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, this book perfectly describes 3ds Max 2011 judging by number of pages. I should also say that begginer will maybe have hard time with it, but it's definitly worth it. This is top book for learning 3ds Max 2011.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to Pass ACP exams Sept. 3 2010
By Tay - Published on Amazon.com
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I did it and Passed the Exams.. the Appendix "C" is the most important chapeter for certification....just read "Cert Objectives" and you'll pass..
For sure you need a good handson Practice hours

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very limited use for absolute beginners Oct. 19 2011
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
I have been working with this book for about 3 months now, and it's reasonably okay until about 1/3 the way through. Beyond that point you spend most of your time trying to figure out what they're referring to, rather than doing the exercises. Simple things are often over - explained, while complicated stuff is skipped over. This is a reasonably good book, but never great. A great book is one you don't have to fight with before you start.

The use of English is also incredibly lazy in parts; "right click the viewport on the object" ... eh? Typo? Meaning? You're better off (as a complete beginner) to go online to the likes of thenewboston.com for excellent free tutorials for a couple of months. Forget Autodesk's tutorials online, unless you're good at following exclusively non - English speakers speaking English. This book should have been half the size with the essentials, or 1/3 longer with the 'by the way' stuff explained properly.

It's so full of 'important' information and 'by the way' stuff that what's really, really important goes out the window ... it's all over the place in every sense. It was clearly written by someone familiar with 3ds max for people who are familiar with 3ds max. It's no beginner's book.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 Nov. 30 2010
By Tom & Joy Hermann - Published on Amazon.com
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It is extensive in helping me learn the new updates to 3ds Max Design 2011. Delivery was on time and condition of the book was great.

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